Photoshop Elements 2019 Organizer. Saving metadata (Ctrl W) truncates GPS info.

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See that discussion in the Elements forum:
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2604236

Additional question to the calculation precision: why would it be necessary to update the GPS coordinates in the 'Write metadata to files' command when you don't use the geotagging feature in places?

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After looking more closely at my JPG images with Phil Harvey's EXIFTOOL it seems the correct Latitude and Longitude data is preserved in a new XMP structure that was added to the image when I wrote the Metadata to the file using the Ctrl W function. It's only the GPSInfo Tag information that has been truncated. I have been able to use the freeware tool GeoSetter to correct some of the corrupted GPS location information. It's a slow and tedious process but at least I can recover some of the wrong location information. It was such a worry to see a hiking photograph taken 20 odd kilometres inland suddenly appearing 20 kilometres out to sea. This is still very new to me and learning curve I didn't expect to need. I am incredibly disappointed with Adobe for having corrupted my data so badly. I have had to adopt a totally new workflow process for cataloguing my photographs, one of the main features I was looking for when I purchased PSE 2019. I hope this bug can be corrected quickly.

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I have the same problem. Please fix this as fast as possible!
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I recently spent a lot of money to ensure my photos would contain quality GPS metadata, and I have been wondering recently how I could have failed so miserably to implement GPS with my new camera--only to discover this bug report with very little evidence of response by Adobe. I have just applied a simple tag to an image, and found that the GPS data has been wiped from it. Along with all the performance issues PSE 2019 causes my PC, this issue is an absolute tiebreaker: time to abandon PSE unless a fix is immediate. I could code my metadata faster manually using File Explorer!
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And the metadata display in PSE does not display GPS data even when it is there!

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Patrick,
I don't see what is common in your GPS issues and the original topic of this post: truncated values after 'writing metadata to files - Ctrl W). As I said before, I don't care much about geotagging. From the number of votes in this topic, it seems that nobody cares among PSE users.
It would be more helpful to start a new topic with more details. For instance, I don't find situations in which GPS data are 'wiped' from the metadata;  they appear both in the information panels of the organizer and the editor.
By the way, the original bug seems to be still present in PSE2020.